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Net Cafe was the world's most widely distributed television series covering the Internet revolution during the height of the dot com boom. The series was broadcast throughout the United States and in more than one hundred other countries for six years, from 1996 through 2002. It was hosted by Stewart Cheifet, Jane Wither, and Andrew deVries.

The weekly program went behind the scenes of the World Wide Web to meet the people and explore the culture of the new "wired" generation. The series featured Internet tips, a guide to the best web sites, a preview of internet startups, and interviews with the movers and shakers behind the Internet phenomenon. It introduced many new web sites to the public which are now household names such as Yahoo!, Google, and eBay.

The series has been recognized for its journalistic excellence, winning a variety of prestigious broadcast awards. It was produced on location at various internet cafes around the Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Apr 1, 2018
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The web has become a great place to find jobs. This show looked at several employment sites including monsterboard.com, individualsoftware.com, hotwired.com/dreamjobs, bridgesonline.com, and listfoundation.org (a spinoff of craigslist.org). Guests include Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist. Originally broadcast in 1998 from the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California. Episode #214.
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Topics: employment, jobs, career, 214
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Feb 22, 2018
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If you are new to the idea of chat, nervous about joining in, or trying to set up a new chat community, here are some good ways of breaking the ice. Features Tribal Voice, Extempo Systems, Infoseek, and Talk City. Originally broadcast in 1998. Episode #241.
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Topics: Episodes: 2000, chat, chat room, 241
Net Cafe
Jun 30, 2011
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Like most new communications technologies, sex drove the early days of the Internet. This program looks at the explosion of online sex sites. Featured guests include Danni Ashe, the cover girl for the online sex industry. Sites covered include nervelink.com, danni.com, one-and-only.com, salon.com, and askisadora.com. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Shot on location at the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California. Originally broadcast in 1998. Episode #220.
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Topics: sex, porn, erotica, danni ashe, 220
Net Cafe
Oct 25, 2005
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A look at how web sites deal with the subject of death. Sites featured include an information site on cemeteries, a tribute to the passing of Jerry Garcia, a virtual 3D graveyard, the pop culture death pool, and a virtual pet cemetery. Originally broadcast in 1998. Episode #206.
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Topics: Episodes: 1998, 206
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Getting therapy online may not be the best way to deal with personal issues, but the internet is providing new tools for self fulfilment. Featured sites on this program include wespsych.com, sonoma-aids.org, thetherapist.com, processes.org, and support-group.com. Also a look at Internet addiction. Featured guests are psychologist Dr. Nancy Wesson and Larry Magid of the L.A. Times. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Originally broadcast in 1998 from the CyberSmith...
Topics: therapy, advice, counseling, 209
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Before Google, you had to be a bit more creative to find information on online. This program looked at several strategies. Featured sites include mapblast.com, infopeople.berkeley.edu, planetall.com, imdb.com, and wwwomen.com. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Orginally broadcast in 1998 from the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California. Episode #205.
Topics: engine, finding, search, 205
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The big buzzword in the late nineties was "portal". Every web site wanted to become the place people went to first so that they could monetize the traffic. This program looked at several would-be portal sites including excite.com, citysearch.com, hotbot.com, bud.com, links.net, and netscape.com. Originally broadcast in 1998 from the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California. Episode #240.
Topics: portal, excite, netscape, 240
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There is no doubt the Internet has changed the way people get their news. While the Net is offering new ways to get local news, it is also providing important world news for those who have moved away from their home community and culture. Features Salon, Knight Ridder Online, Digital High, and IndoLink. Guests include Gary Kamiya, Executive Editor of Salon, Bob Ingle, President of Knight Ridder New Media, and Rebecca Eisenberg of the San Francisco Chronicle. Originally broadcast in 1998....
Topics: Episodes: 2000, news, cyber, 242
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A survey of web sites that provide useful information for home improvement projects. Sites reviewed include improvenet.com, netguide.com, homecentral.com, gardening.com, and planetproperties.com. Also features Candi Strecker, known as the HandyGirl. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Guest analyst is writer Larry Magid. Shot on location at the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California. Originally broadcast in 1998. Episode #213.
Topics: do it yourself, real estate, gardening, home decoration, 213
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Peek-a-boo! The Net has become much more than a text-based exchange medium. People are now putting their personal lives on line, with video. Featured sites include homecams.com, braindump.com, anacam.com, crl.com, simplenet.com, concentric.net/~ballhigh/colorcam.html, chatv.com, and vip.stanford.edu. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Shot on location at the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California. Originally broadcast in 1998. Episode #204.
Topics: voyeurism, web cam, anacam, 204
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The major sports news and information sites are still very popular, with up to 5,000 sites devoted to the most popular sports. But now even obscure sports like Gaelic Football, HackySack, and Paddleball have multiple sites. Originally broadcast in 1998. Episode #243.
Topics: Episodes: 1999, sports, cyber, 243
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The internet provided new ways to manage money, invest money, and lose money. This program looked at several online financial services. Featured sites include quicken.com, digicash.com, financialengines.com, wellsfargo.com, and gomez.com. Guests include Stanford Professor and Nobel Prize winner in economics, William Sharpe and L.A. Times technology writer Larry Magid. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Originally broadcast in 1998 from the CyberSmith internet cafe in...
Topics: money, investing, finance, 223
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The web quickly became a popular platform for game playing and gambling. This show looks at several approaches to using the internet as gaming platform. Sites covered include gamespot.com, acrophobia, NetStorm, Activision, bezerk.com, gamers.com, pgl.net, virtualvegas.com, starluck.com, and intercasino.com. Guests include Dennis Fong (Thresh), the world's most successful computer gamer, Rebecca Anderson, Anthony Schubert, Jonathan Knight, and Jon Swartz. Guest analyst is Larry Magid. Hosts are...
Topics: ping, gamespot, activision, acrophobia, netstorm, thresh, dennis fong, 203
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How much should we monitor and control children's access to the web? Indeed, whether we should do it at all is one of the big questions that faces the Internet community. This week's show features guests and sites devoted to and about children and how to keep the net safe for them. Guests include Larry Magid, creator of safekids.com and Rob McHugh, producer for Yahooligans. Originally broadcast in 1998 from the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California. Episode #219.
Topics: children, kids, teens, 219
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In the late nineties the world began catching up with the U.S. in internet access and involvement in the web. This show looked at the international aspects of the net. Featured sites include irishabroad.com, tonic.to, globetv.com, babelfish.altavista.com, and apc.org. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Special guest is Larry Magid. Originally broadcast from the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California in 1998. Episode #246.
Topics: foreign, global, international, 246
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One of the early uses of the Internet was to form virtual communities of people with common interests. This program looks at several early communities including The Mining Company (now about.com), HipBONE, PlanetOut, Yahoo Clubs, and GeoCities. Guests include Scott Kurnit, founder of The Mining Company, David Bohnett, founder of GeoCities, and Megan Smith, President & CEO of PlanetOut. Originally broadcast in 1998. Shot on location at the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California....
Topics: geocities, about, mining company, 244
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One thing the web did was level the playing field for investors. This show looked at several online tools to help small investors. Featured sites include thestreet.com, siliconinvestor.com, justquotes.com, msmoney99.com, and etrade.com. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Special guest is Larry Magid, syndicated columnist of the L.A. Times. Originally broadcast in 1998 from the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California. Episode #245.
Topics: investing, money, stock market, 245
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As the web grew, virtually every movie put up a web site. This show looks at several early uses of the internet by Hollywood. Featured sites include moviecritic.com, film.com, hsx.com, and skinema.com. Originally broadcast in 1998 from the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Episode #215.
Topics: hollywood, movies, film, 215
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A look at how war is covered on the Net. Featured sites include The War Times Journal at wtj.com; war games at activision.com; an antiwar site at ploughshares.org; real war strategy at tetrad.stanford.edu; and a community of war veterans at nichecom.com/~vfw. Originally broadcast in 1998 from the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Special guest web analyst is Larry Magid. Episode #208.
Topics: war, military, veterans, 208
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The internet changed political activism by providing a new and powerful communications and organization tool. This program reviews several web sites that serve the needs of activist groups. Among those covered are the Barron Park Neighborhood Association (BPA) web site and the Palo Alto College Terrace Residents Association (CTRA) web site. Also reviewed are smartvoter.org, lwv.org, mpac.org (a site for AMILA, American Muslims Intent on Learning and Activism), igc.org, the site for the...
Topics: Sierra Club, muslims, voters, activist, neighborhood association, 202
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One of the fast growing applications on the early internet was chat. This program looks at several approaches to online chatting. Featured sites include activeworlds.com, concretecam.simplenet.com, CU-SeeMe, talkcity.com, daveyd.com, and talk.excite.com. Featured guests include Larry Magid of the L.A. Times and Jo Kraus, cofounder of Excite, Inc. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Originally broadcast in 1998 from the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California....
Topics: community, chat, cyber, 212
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The internet quickly became a platform for spreading jokes and humorous content of all sorts. This program from 1998 looks at some of the early humor sites on the web. Among them, suck.com, aprilfools.com, rubberchicken.com, jigsoftware.com, 40kmiracle.com, thecorporation.com, and zenda.com. Shot on location at the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California. Hosts are Stewart Cheifet, Jane Wither, and Andrew DeVries. Episode #207.
Topics: humor, comedy, jokes, 207
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The web has become a major research source for space science and astronomy. This program looks at the SETI project, solar eclipses, space science education, the controversy over the Martian "face", and the lunar prospector mission. Hosts are Andrew deVries and Stewart Cheifet. Special guests include Ken Bollinger of NASA and Larry Magid of the L.A. Times. Originally broadcast in 1998 from the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California. Episode #218.
Topics: space, nasa, astronomy, 218
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As the web grew in popularity, individuals started creating their own personal web sites. This program looked at several examples. Featured sites include homestead.com, shadowsong.com, aimnet.com, gamefun.com, and webpagesthatsuck.com. Guests include Larry Magid of the L.A. Times. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Originally broadcast in 1998 from the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California. Episode #222.
Topics: webmaster, home page, web site, 222
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The Internet is challenging television for people's attention. But it's also providing a new platform for the TV business. Sites covered include thirdstory.com, a fan site for Xena: Warrior Princess; ultimatetv.com; a site for sci-fi fans at slip.net/takakin0/; kpix.com; and a site exclusively devoted to Star Trek fans who are obsessed with the number "47". Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Shot on location at the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto,...
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